Thursday, January 14, 2010

So we all (well most of us) want to shed a few pounds and competition is in the air. Can you Utahans smell it through all that inversion? We've competed in various fantasy sports, why not in a Biggest Loser challenge? Doesn't matter if you watch the show, although I recommend it as Jillian and Bob (not to mention all the contestants) are very motivating.

Participation is optional. This is just an idea to make it easier to keep track of progress as well as some serious motivation. Thinking about how you are going to have to report back to everyone should and might help with those late night jelly donut cravings. I just joined another Biggest Loser competition with some ladies in our ward and I thought we could just use their rules and tweak them as needed. Here are some things to keep in mind though: none of us ever needs to know your real weight, now or later, the only # you'll be reporting is the % of weight you lost. Here's the other thing, I think that it is completely normal to have a week or 2 that you might not see any change at all so a 0% change in weight is ok.

Another thing we need to decide on is a time line. With the church losers we're doing a 3 month time span that started last Monday so our dates would be different from the ones below. I think that unless you are 400 pounds (like the guys on the show) weight loss takes a bit longer. So I thought we could do 6 months and maybe do 2 separate competitions or even 3 4-month competitions over the course of the year with a separate winner (or loser, depending on how you want to look at it) each time.

Finally, the prize. No one has extra cash, this we know. But I was thinking the winner of the first ever Meyers Biggest Loser competition deserves something, aside from bragging rights of course. What about dinner? The non-losers contribute and buy the BIG LOSER dinner at his or her choice of restaurant (and no, I'm not paying for anyone's already skinny spouse as a date so don't ask).

What do you think? Suggestions?

So here are the rules:


a. Use the same scale and weigh yourself at the same time of day in the same conditions. If your initial weigh-in was done naked first thing in the morning with an empty bladder, then it should always be done that way.

b. As part of this, we would encourage you to “get a witness.” It can be a spouse, sibling, friend, or anyone you would like to stand on a scale with once at the beginning and once at the end. It helps to have a “buddy” to stay motivated!

2. You CAN:

a. Do anything to lose weight through diet and exercise. You can join Weight Watchers, eat cabbage soup for six weeks, sweat it out in a sauna, hire a personal trainer/chef (ha! I wish!).

3. You CANNOT:

a. Use diet pills or weight loss medications! The whole point of this challenge is to learn the most successful way for you to lose weight in the long-term. Diet pills and metabolism enhancing drugs can only be used for so long, so what’s the point?


1. First Weigh-In: Monday, January 11, 2009.

a. Weigh yourself and keep track of this number because this number will be used in all calculations. You don't need to share this number with the group.

2. Each Monday for 12 weeks is weigh-in day. Email your percentage lost to me on Monday (I’ll forward it to everyone else) using this calculation:

a. Pounds lost / Start weight = Percentage Lost

b. Ex: If you weighed 150 and lost 3 lbs., you would take 3/150 = .02 or 2%

c. Round longer number to two decimals (Ex. 2.4429 would be 2.44%)

3. Final Weigh-in is Monday, April 5th, 2009.

a. Calculate your final percentage of weight lost and email it to me. I will send out the final email with the winners…can you just hear the drum roll? ;)


  1. Sounds good to me and I agree with the skinny spouses comment...when do we officially start? :-)

  2. A friend was telling me of an 83 year old temple worker who just lost 5 pounds in 2 weeks. Her secret????? EAT LESS: MOVE MORE

  3. Did I ever tell you that I saw Richard Simmons at the airport - I think it was in Philly/